Lewis Wallace (1827-1905) was born in Brookville. He had a distinguished military and political career, but probably is best known as the author of Ben Hur (1880). President Rutherford B. Hayes appointed him governor of the New Mexico Territory from 1878 to 1881 to restore peace during a time known as the Lincoln County War. Some of the letters and documents shown here represent that part of his career. Others represent his time as U. S. Minister to Turkey. For more information about Lew Wallace, please consult the collection guide here: Collection guide.